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July 9, 2010 - Field Notes

Noteworthy Dates

July 13: A public meeting will be held to discuss the overland transport of baitfish and fish health regulations at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Review the press release for detailed information regarding this public meeting.

Taking Action

wild coyote
A Coyote in the wild.
~Photo © John J. Mossesso,
courtesy of life.nbii.gov

Partnering Up in Response to Coyote Attacks. Two young children were attacked by coyotes in the community of Rye, New York, in southeastern Westchester County earlier this month. Fortunately both children, age 3 and 6, only sustained minor injuries. Local authorities, working with DEC, immediately took measures to capture and destroy coyotes in the areas where the attacks occurred. While coyote attacks on people are unusual, there is growing concern that coyotes are becoming too habituated to people in developed areas, leading to altered behavior and potential attacks of both people and pets. DEC has been studying coyote ecology and behavior in Westchester County for several years, and it is clear that coyotes are here to stay. They are well adapted to many environments, including urban and suburban habitats, and they now live in all areas of New York, except Long Island (read more about New York's suburban coyote study at http://www.nycoyote.org/). DEC has also developed guidelines for avoiding conflicts with people, and first and foremost, no one should ever attempt to feed or get close to a coyote. If a coyote is seen close to people, pets, or homes, it should be scared away by throwing hard objects, and yelling. Given the adaptive nature of this species children should have adult supervision when outdoors. See DEC's web-site for more information on avoiding coyote conflicts.

Emergency Delaware River Reservoir Release for Coldwater Fish. With high air temperatures this summer, there has been concern with elevated water temperatures affecting wild trout populations within the New York City Delaware River Basin reservoirs. Consecutive days of high water temperatures (reaching or exceeding 80 degrees) can be harmful or fatal to trout, especially if flows are too low for fish to move to refuges of cooler water. Streams began to reach these temperatures on July 5 and 6. For increased reservoir water releases, there needs to be a unanimous agreement among New York State, New York City, and the States of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Fast action by NYSDEC's DFWMR fisheries staff and the Division of Water (DOW) resulted in an agreement to release additional water for the Delaware tailwaters. These releases will provide some relief from warm water on the upper main stem Delaware River, and ensure adequate flows to allow fish to move to cold-water refuge areas.

NY Fishing Fact

NY FISHING FACT: According to the 2007 New York Statewide Angler Survey, anglers spent an estimated 18.7 million days fishing New York's freshwaters in 2007. Over 7 million days were spent fishing for warmwater gamefish. Almost 6 million days were spent in pursuit of coldwater gamefish. Fishing for panfish accounted for over 3 million days on the water, and effort for other species accounted for less than 1/2 million days. More information on angler effort, use, preferences and expenditures can be found in the
2007 NY Statewide Angler Survey.

Significant Notes

Commercial Fishing Trip Limit Changes. Recent updated trip limits for scup, summer flounder, black sea bass and striped bass are available for review on the Commercial Fishing Limits web page. For questions or concerns please call the Bureau of Marine Resources at (631) 444-5621, or send an e-mail.

Invasive Species Report Available. The NYSDEC Invasive Species Council report on A Regulatory System for Non-Native Species (PDF - 1.32 mb) is available online. This report provides a new classification system for invasives, which will aid in regulatory control, and will help to restrict movement and/or release of potentially harmful plants and animals. Additionally, this will help create the first-ever official list of invasive species for New York State.

Conservation Fund Advisory Board Meeting Minutes. The Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) meeting minutes for April and May can now be viewed online by visiting the CFAB meeting minutes web page.

Adopted Regulations

Marine Fish - Open Seasons, Size and Catch Limits (Part 40, Section 40.1). Recreational harvest limits for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass were amended on July 7, 2010 to remain in compliance with ASMFC and MAFMC. The text for the newly adopted regulations is available for review online.

Did You Know...?

A photo of a juvenile eastern cottontail
A Juvenile Eastern Cottontail
~Photo © Charles H. Warren,
courtesy of life.nbii.gov

Eastern Cottontails become mature enough to reproduce after only two or three months old? Having litters of three to eight kits up to four times per year, these prolific mammals can produce up to 32 young in a single year!

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